Kiedis disappears to change his shirt for dinner, leaving his father to gaze out over the hills."Anthony was 2 when we came out here, his mom and me and him in our little Corvair with the U-Haul trailer," says Dammett."We got divorced, and he went back to Michigan with his mom, but he came to visit every summer, and when he was 11, he moved out here with me.It's interesting to watch the interplay between them; they seem more like siblings than father and son. Opening his mouth to answer, then stopping short, Kiedis looks much like a hare caught in the headlights.Kiedis waves an arm toward his refrigerator, the surface of which is almost entirely covered with stickers and photos, mementos of his travels. What with all the time he spent yesterday deflecting questions about his Don Juan image, it won't do to blab to the journalist that his main squeeze is fresh out of high school. For an instant, their eyes lock in a priceless display of hand-in-the-cookie-jar telepathy.
The ad drew 5,000 calls the first day it ran, but few of the eager auditionees came close to fitting the bill.Kiedis says the Chili Peppers felt "awful" about ousting Tobias after he'd quit his other band but maintains that the decision would have been made regardless of Navarro."Though it may seem like a case of Dave uprooting Jesse, it wasn't exactly like that," says Kiedis. We really liked Jesse's playing, but it just didn't develop into the musical camaraderie that we were used to.Flea didn't feel right about it, and the fate of this band relies on Flea having a sense of musical contentment with the guitar player.With little place mats that he designed and signed and everything. Six and a half acres on the side of the lake in Michigan."Kiedis reappears, bringing the tattling session to an abrupt halt.He does that kind of stuff all the time, but he'd never tell you about it. He and his father work their way back downstairs, stopping in the kitchen to collect jackets and car keys.
In conversation, the singer is sincere almost to the point of somberness; he chooses his words carefully, tossing out two or three before settling on one with just the right poetic feel, as if he likes to imbue everything in his orbit with a sense of ceremony.